Disney fans will know that the D23 Expo was held at the Anaheim Convention Center this week, announcing news on upcoming projects and celebrating the Disney fandom. The Expo features all things Disney, including panels, performances, exhibitors, and cosplay. Over the weekend a lot of news came out about Pixar and Disney’s new projects, including clips, concept art, and who’s playing who.
The movie starring Angelina Jolie in the title role tells the origin story of Sleeping Beauty villain, Malificent. The movie looks at how a once good-hearted Malificent is turned evil by betrayal. She then discovers later in life that Aurora (Elle Fanning) may be the answer to her true happiness. I’m thinking something similar to Wicked her – the good portrayed as bad and all.
The new logo (above) was released and Jolie appeared at the panel, which was a surprise for fans.
This movie has been kept pretty hush-hush for a while, but something revealed this past weekend. The film is live action starring George Clooney. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this movie was presented with the appearance of a “dusty old box”;
The box, found in the Disney archives, was full of mysterious items from Disney, and the [creators] didn’t seem to have a lot of answers for what they all mean. There was also a blueprint from the ride and some mysterious insignias. They said these items helped inspire the film.
The disk appeared to have strange and innovating animations, hence Tomorrowland. Any Walt Disney fans will be able to tell you that he was a lover of futuristic life and progress. I mean, that’s literally what EPCOT is about.
There is little news about this new animated feature which was announced on Friday of the Expo. The story, according to The Hollywood Reporter, centers around “animals who live in a modern world that they created”. The world seems to be shaping up nicely however, with locations including ; Tundra Town, for cold weather animals; and Sahara Square which is a cross between Dubai and Monte Carlo. There is a place for every kind of animal!
The main characters are an unconventional friendship of a fox (named Nick Wilde) and rabbit (named Lt. Judy Hops). Wilde is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and so he must work to clear his name. No casting has been announced for this movie yet.
Zootopia is set to be released in 2016. Looking at Disney’s previous release slate of untitled movies this could either be April 4 or November 23.